You might have seen Maple Farmer Ruth on television. Ruth was the featured maple syrup farmer on a "Discover Wisconsin" TV show episode that featured tourist attractions in the Kickapoo River Valley. Tour group leaders may request a free DVD of that TV show from Ruth to use for promotional purposes.
This photo shows Ruth gathering maple sap from the forest on a nice spring day in preparation for sitting by the fire cooking syrup all day when she would rather have been going for a long motorcycle ride!
We will pretend that you are part of a group of maple syrup farmers in a maple forest. Two people will be recruited to participate in a simulation of tapping maple trees. This will be a competition between the two people to see who can tap the tree the fastest which makes it much fun and a great photo opportunity.
After this hands-on exercise you will be given a dish of ice cream with maple syrup topping to enjoy eating as you watch a short custom made video of the Ocooch Mountain Acres maple syrup operation, from tapping the trees through boiling the sap into syrup.
After the video you will be given the opportunity to buy a small bottle of syrup at wholesale to take home as a souvenir of your tour. You may also walk through the syrup processing and bottling room on your way out to the bus. If your tour schedule allows, you may end your tour by visiting a maple farm in rural Westby.